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|Address:||126 West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 2BP|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £15.50||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5-10.30pm Sun 12N-3pm|
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I don’t even know where to start, seriously. Hand and flowers is this kind of places, not being their fault, but trapped into the endlessness vicious circle of Michelin establishment. Granted 2 stars by the Michelin guide in the 2012 edition. OK this is nice, this friendly, this is overwhelming…but STOP. This is a fact. From 7 years being living in the UK I’ve always been easy with the rating of restaurants in the country, trying to identify the difference and understand.
From most starred restaurant in the world, to the best places in France and the UK, I’ve to say, that in this particular occasion we’re reaching the level of the ridicule.
Not for the respect of the chef, certainly not. After a full meal I think I had quite a decent experience for 3 hours. But come on, this is not acceptable to compare some places in the UK to the Hand and Flowers.
This is not acceptable to compare the Green House in London to this pub, the Pied a Terre, the teams in the world suffering every day to bring an experience, a moment in the life of you and me. This is not simply acceptable to compare the Gavroche or Joel Robuchon to the H/S. Even the Mid-Summer which I detailed over a full post was to be applauded in this instance. Something in going wrong in the Michelin rating establishment and we will have to understand what is happening.
Is it a kind of mafia surrounding the French established born guide ….. carrying what they did for the some recognized Chef in the world, and almost being creating a subsidiaries of connection with some grown up chef.
I’m fed seriously fed up with this outrageous way of the Michelin guide to establish new scales, new benchmarking where there is definitely none. Established for a while in the world. I will take the example of some Tailevent in Paris. How dare would you rate Taillevent the same level as the Hand and Flowers?
Am I missing the point here? Are we saying the UK Michelin got a different rating as the rest of the world? Then if the anwer to that question is a Yes, then I’m giving up. I though Michelin was establishing a global and standard level of rating all cross the world. This would be my mistake.
Here Tom Tom Kerridge, with all the best respect I got for his talent since I’ve seen him in Great British Menu, I can’t understand how you could have the respect to be part of the group of established Michel Roux or Joel Robuchon and not being ashamed of been awarded the same level on a simple pub in the middle of Marlow. I would be you, I would write to the Michelin headquarter telling that there must be an misunderstanding.
The first minute of this moment are just living the sum up of all the rest of the experience……Nill…close to nothing.
We arrive, we see a nice pub, a team chatting, an usual hesitation on taking your clothes and then the noisy dining room….are you sure this is the place you’re coming to have a Sunday roast?? Almost surreal.
Two Stars? This is a joke!!
My god….Michelin Guide UK is driving the people nuts by doing this kind of analogy. This is really bad, and these not even the fault of mister Kerridge. Seriously.
The Michelin star in the UK is not on the first time proceeding to this kind of operation. They did it recently in 2011 for Arbutus in London. Same scenario, as the total surprise was astonishing. Even from them from really close sources.
Come on Michelin team, you can do better and be realistically independent. Stop trying to ruin the level you established in other countries by just rushing and creating stars where there is none.
I’ve been recently to the Elephant in Torqay and this was a far better experience than the Hand and Flowers
Worse than that, something happen which never happen to me, and which was even worse for this poor chef…..a hair….seriously I’m not joking….this is a first time I had a hair in my dish. This was a joke. I’m not even doing any fuss of it ….expect that I and my friend had to wait 20 minutes to get another dish ready to replace.
Also I’ve to say, on top of that, we’ve been commended to leave the table for a certain time….what the hell is that…if you’re a 2 stars…you deal with that? I can’t wait to see serious people coming to your restaurant (pub)
In essence…..forget about this place.
If the food can be nice…..I’m not even commenting about it….as I’ve been so much disgusted by the treatment and the rudeness of the management and staff.
I even had to claim to cancel the price of counted replacement dish??? …….in a history of good food and Michelin star, this is a pure disappointment. Leaving me with hanger against my favorite guide and the fact that some people are currently committing into the selling of the quite old and established guide. We’re losing in quality and independency. This is a shame.
I hope this is not the start or even continuity of a downfall. I’m working to make people understand the real rating established a long time ago by people with passion. Recently the Michelin guide has committed a self-suicide by promoting too many places ….and not real looking to their own rating benchmark. I would recommend to those people currently working at Michelin to travel more. To experience more places in the world. You should go to Tokyo messieurs. You should go to Paris or Spain messieurs.
How can you rate Noma, Robuchon, Gavroche, Carré de Feuillants, …..or even Mid Summer with a 2 stars when you are rating 2 star at Hand and Flower.
This is OUTREAGOUS.
I would recommend you to extend your bib gourmand to different level…..this would be wiser.
As a lover of food and quality…….I’m sorry Hand and Flowers is a nice pub…maybe the best….but this is a PUB
Please enjoy the food…….unfortunately on shade by the silliness of an international rating established by currently falling regulator.
To the image of the big financial rating agencies…..it seems that some food rating agencies are currently overwhelming their power…..this could be their downfall soon….